Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity report: Multidimensional Inequality Framework

The Atlantic Fellows in Social and Economic Equity Programme, together with CASE, SOAS and Oxfam, have launched a framework for analysing multidimensional inequality (pdf). It aims to bridge academic, activist and practitioner perspectives and help Oxfam and others to better design interventions to reduce inequality.

The framework is designed to measure inequality in individual well-being, incorporating many dimensions of our lives, such as health, relationships, and our ability to have influence. The approach rejects an exclusive focus on income.

The framework takes a capability-based approach to analysing inequalities – this approach defines a set of valuable things that people can be (such as physically secure) or do (such as influence decisions affecting their lives). The approach helps account for how much choice and agency an individual has.

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